We can't always prevent bad things happening to puppies like Zoey

But with your support, we can ease their pain and help them heal

Imagine the excitement of getting a new puppy ... going outside the next morning to greet her – and discovering nothing but an empty pink collar cut through by a knife.

Probably the same blunt knife that the thieves who stole Zoey used later to hack off her ears.

Zoey's distraught owner reported the theft to the poice, searched the neighbourhood and took to social media for help in finding his dog. Acting on a tip off, he found the puppy five days later, locked inside a shack, crying and bleeding. Both her ears had been completely cut off and infection had set in.

Jeffrey did what he could to bathe the terrible wounds, before bringing the puppy to us. Chief Vet, Dr Gilson, was shocked by the dog's injuries.

"The wounds were jagged, indicating that the puppy was wide awake and thrashing about to get away from the pain during the 'operation'," he said. Even worse, the blade wasn't sharp enough to make a clean cut. They literally sawed at the flesh until it came away.

We can't give Zoey back her ears, or take away the pain and shock she suffered that day. But, thanks to support from friends like you our animal hospital was stocked with antibotics, painkillers, disinfectant, sutures, bandages and F10 wound ointment to treat her terrible injuries.

Sadly, Zoey isn't the only dog that's needed our help recently – and we never know when the next injured, abused or neglected animal will be brought to our SPCA. We must be ready at a moment's notice to operate, stitch, clean, bandage, and administer medication. A dog or cat's life could depend on it.

So please will you click the button above to make your contribution to the SPCA today. You might not be there in person, but your donation plays a huge part in helping us save animals like Zoey. If you were the one who found Zoey – crying and bleeding in the shack that day – you wouldn't hesitate to help her. By making your donation now, you'll ensure someone will always 'be there' when a suffering animal needs help. Thank you for caring.

Other ways to help animals

If you love animals, please support our efforts to protect them from cruelty and neglect. There are lots of different ways to help.

Sponsor a Yard Cat

Provide care and shelter for one of the cats that live permanently at our SPCA because they cannot be re-homed – with your monthly sponsorship gift of just R150.


Volunteering is an enriching experience for anyone who has some free time on a regular basis and wants to make a difference. You need to be over 16 years of age, reliable and have your own transport.

Get a MySchool Card

It costs you nothing, and you'll help animals every time you swipe the card at Woolworths and other participating stores. Be sure to nominate Durban & Coast SPCA as the beneficiary. Download the app from the Apple store or Google play, or click the button to sign up online.

Donate in lieu of a gift

Helping to make a better world for animals is the perfect way to honour a friend or loved one who prefers not to receive gifts for a birthday, anniversary or other celebration.

Support Coffee Cats

Enjoy a cuppa or a light meal in the tranquil setting of our cafe and tea garden. Meet our famous yard cats, browse plants for sale, visit our charity shop or Adoption Centre.

Include us in your Will

If kindness towards animals has been one of the guiding principles of your life, wouldn’t you enjoy knowing that your voice against cruelty, neglect, greed and ignorance will continue to be heard beyond your lifetime?

Donate unwanted items

Your unwanted furniture, clothing, household appliances, books, jewellery, etc can be sold in our charity shop to raise funds towards the care of our furry orphans. We also appreciate gifts of pet food, blankets, etc.

Collect small change for us

If you own or manage a retail outlet or are a member of a club, why not keep one of our collection tins on your counter? Small change mounts up quickly and makes a big difference to our Society!

Shop til you drop

We have a charity shop filled with amazing bargains, as well as a section of brand new pet products – collars & leads, tick & flea remedies, grooming products, toys & pet food.

Buy plants

Fill your garden with beautiful healthy seedlings, shrubs and trees supplied by Ladybird Landscapes. Large selection available at our nursery, adjacent to Coffee Cats.

Participate in our events

Throughout the year we run a series of competitions and events – from a fantastic trail run along the Umgeni River to Paws in the Park, a fun day out for you and your dog. You'll also find us at the ECR House & Garden Show.

Report cruelty

Animals can't speak for themselves - they need compassionate people to speak for them. If you know of an animal that is being ill treated or neglected, call us on 031 579 6501 or our emergency after hours number, 083 212 6103.

Amanzimtoti: 031 904 2424/5

Dolphin Coast (Ballito): 087 550 0512 /083 653 0127 (Emergencies)

Dundee & District: 034 212 2851

Empangeni: 034 792 9129/078 306 1439 (Emergencies)

Eshowe: 035 474 4169

Estcourt: 36 352 1476/083 555 9758 (Emergencies)

Greytown: 033 413 1181/033 413 1522

Howick: 033 330 4557/033 330 2672

Kloof & Highway: 031 764 1212

SPCA Inspector

Kokstad: 082 771 7229

Lower South Coast: 039 312 0962

Mooi River & District: 033 263 1526

Newcastle: 034 318 2346

Phoenix (Avonford Crescent) : 031 500 6452

Pietermaritzburg: 033 386 9267/8/9

Richards Bay: 035 753 2086

Sani: 033 702 1884